I am currently working in Europe as a consultant in my native country. I have been looking for a new job in Asia for several months, and I have told it to my boss. He told me he would try to start a business with some companies implanted in Asia for me.
For my part, I had two options :
- Passive way : wait for my company to find me a new role in Asia.
- Active way : independently contact some companies.
During the last call we had, I admitted I had already looked for some jobs outside of his consulting company, although in an ideal world, I would rather work in Asia for him. He was a little angry about it and told me he was dealing with companies implanted in Asia only for me (I am currently the only consultant who wants to find a role in Asia), so the only thing I had to do when I see a job offer would be to transfer it to him, and to not pursue it by myself.
Now I have 2 options :
- Passive way, and no active way : I wait and I don't contact any companies independently, talking to my boss about the companies in which I find some job offers.
- Passive and active way : I wait but I also contact companies independently, then I suppose I shouldn't talk to my boss about the companies where I am likely to apply.
Well, that's actually quite the same options than the two I exposed above.
To summarize my thoughts, my first priority is to find a job or a mission that I like, no matter if I do it with or without my current company. But I am not sure I have more chances to find a job by applying directly instead of collaborating with my boss, and I also don't want to deliver a low blow to him.
Combining the personal and diplomatic way, what would you do ?